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What are the different types of fee arrangements offered?
In general terms, Ms. D'Elia offers four different types of fee arrangements dependent on the nature of your action: (1) Hourly Fees, (2) Contingent Fees, (3) Flat Fees, and (4) Hybrid fees.
1. An hourly fee is exactly how it sounds. You are billed each month for the time spent on your matter and you pay based upon an agreed upon hourly rate, such as $350.00-$400.00 per hour. One reason for hourly fees is that in many cases it is impossible to know how much work will be involved in the drafting, negotiating, and/or litigation of the matter.
2. A contingent fee, bascially, depends on whether or not the lawyer achieves a successful outcome in your case. Contingency fees are not available when your matter involves a criminal or matrimonial action. The most common type of contingent fee is seen in personal injury cases. A lawyer is not compensated unless she secures a money award for her client. If there is a monetary award, the lawyer's fee is an agreed upon percentage of that amount. For example a one-third contingency fee would entitle the lawyer to keep one-third of the monies recovered. Sometimes, a contingent fee will fluctuate depending on the stage of the case. An arrangement might call for a one-third contingency fee if the matter is settled before a trial date is assigned; forty percent if it settles after a trial date is assigned, but before the case actually goes to trial; and fifty percent after trial. (This is just an example)
3. A flat fee is a specific rate, agreed upon in advance, for a given matter. A lawyer might agree to charge $500 to prepare a deed, $750 for a will, and so forth. In other words, whether it takes the lawyer 5 hours or 10 hours to complete a project the agreed-upon fee does not fluctuate nor is it contingent on the outcome of the case.
4. A hybrid fee can be created in certain matters. One example is a reduced contingent fee in conjunction with a heavily discounted hourly rate. For example, a lawyer may normally charge $300 an hour for her services and in contingency matters one-third of any monetary recovery. In a hybrid structure, the lawyer may agree to accept $150.00 an hour for her services and accept a contingency fee of one-quarter rather than one-third of a recovery.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Paypal, Mastercard, Visa, Check, Money Order
What are my rights as a client?
The Administrative Board of the Courts has adopted a Statement of Client's Rights. This statement provides you, the client, with the following rights:
1. You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times by your lawyer and the other lawyers and personnel in your lawyer's office.
2. You are entitled to an attorney capable of handling your legal matter competently and diligently, in accordance with the highest standards of the profession. If you are not satisfied with how your matter is being handled, you have the right to withdraw from the attorney-client relationship at any time (court approval may be required in some matters and your attorney may have a claim against you for the value of services rendered to you up to the point of discharge).
3. You are entitled to your lawyer's independent professional judgment and undivided loyalty uncompromised by conflicts of interest.
4. You are entitled to be charged a reasonable fee and to have your lawyer explain at the outset how the fee will be computed and the manner and frequency of billing. You are entitled to request and receive a written itemized bill from your attorney at reasonable intervals. You may refuse to enter into any fee arrangement that you find unsatisfactory. In the event of a fee dispute, you may have the right to seek arbitration; your attorney will provide you with the necessary information regarding arbitration in the event of a fee dispute, or upon your request.
5. You are entitled to have your questions and concerns addressed in a prompt manner and to have your telephone calls returned promptly.
6. You are entitled to be kept informed as to the status of your matter and to request and receive copies of papers. You are entitled to sufficient information to allow you to participate meaningfully in the development of your matter.
7. You are entitled to have your legitimate objectives respected by your attorney, including whether or not to settle your matter (court approval of a settlement is required in some matters).
8. You have the right to privacy in your dealings with your lawyer and to have your secrets and confidences preserved to the extent permitted by law.
9. You are entitled to have your attorney conduct himself or herself ethically in accordance with the Code of Professional Responsibility.
10 You may not be refused representation on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.
This web site is designed for general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.